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Craig Silvey Craig Silvey i(A81851 works by)
Born: Established: 1982 Dwellingup, Pinjarra - North Dandalup - Waroona area, Mandurah - Harvey area, Far Southwest Western Australia, Western Australia, ;
Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

Craig Silvey grew up on an orchard in Dwellingup, a small town in timber and fruit-growing lands in  in south-west Western Australia.

Silvery wrote his first novel, Rhubarb, when he was nineteen: it was published in 2004. The novel was the inaugural book for the 'One Book' series of events at the 2005 Perth International Arts Festival.

Silvey's next novel, Jasper Jones, was published in 2009. The novel was wildly successful: it won the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year, the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards fiction prize, and two Indie Awards (Book of the Year and Fiction), and was shortlisted and longlisted for a range of other national and international prizes, including the Miles Franklin Award, the Dylan Thomas prize, and the Dublin Literary Award. It was adapted by Kate Mulvany into a play (which was shortlisted for two Helpmann Awards, three Green Room Awards, two Sydney Theatre Awards, and the New South Wales Premier's Prize for Playwrighting), and then by Shaun Grant into a film (which won an AWGIE Award and was nominated for two AACTA Awards and an Asia Pacific Screen Award). As of 2016, Jasper Jones has been released in three editions in Australia, British and American editions, and eleven international translations, including Turkish, two Chinese translations, Polish, Korean, and Dutch, as well as German, Spanish, and Italian.

Since Jasper Jones, Silvey has published the novella The Amber Amulet, which he adapted into a stage play the following year, and has scripted The Prospector, a contemporary western film directed by Rachel Perkins.

In 2005, Silvey was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Novelists, and in 2010, he was a finalist in the Cleo Bachelor of the Year Awards.

Silvery also sings in a indie/pop/rock band called The Nancy Sikes.

He lives in Fremantle.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Amber Amulet Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2012 Z1891727 2012 single work novella (taught in 1 units) 'Dear Sir/Ma'am, Please find enclosed this AMBER AMULET. That must sound unusual to a citizen, but you will have to trust me on this count because the science is too detailed for me to outline here. All you need to know is that the AMBER AMULET will eliminate your unhappiness by counteracting it with POSITIVE ENERGY. This should see you straight. Fear not, you're in safe hands now.
Take care,
The Masked Avenger


Meet twelve-year-old Liam McKenzie, who patrols his suburban neighbourhood as the Masked Avenger - a superhero with powers so potent not even he can fully comprehend their extent. Along with his sidekick, Richie the Powerbeagle, he protects the people of Franklin Street from chaos, mayhem, evil and low tyre pressure - but can he save them from sadness? This perfect jewel of a book by the award-winning author of the 2009 Book of the Year Jasper Jones will hold all readers in its irresistible power.' (Publisher's blurb)
2013 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
y separately published work icon Jasper Jones Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1571013 2009 single work novel

'Late on a hot summer night in the tail end of 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress.

'Jasper takes him through town and to his secret glade in the bush, and it's here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper's horrible discovery. With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion as he locks horns with his tempestuous mother; falls nervously in love and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend, Jeffrey Lu.

'And in vainly attempting to restore the parts that have been shaken loose, Charlie learns to discern the truth from the myth, and why white lies creep like a curse. In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart.' (Publisher's blurb)

2012 winner The National Year of Reading 2012 Our Story Collection Western Australia See NYOR Our Story winners.
2012 honour book International Awards Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
2011 shortlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2010 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
2010 shortlisted Booksellers Choice Award
2010 longlisted International Awards Dylan Thomas Prize
2010 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year
2010 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year
2010 joint winner The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year
2010 highly commended Kathleen Mitchell Literary Award
2010 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards People's Choice Award
2010 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
2010 shortlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2009 winner Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Fiction joint winner with Summertime by J. M. Coetzee.
2009 winner Indie Awards Book of the Year
2009 winner Indie Awards Fiction
y separately published work icon Rhubarb Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2004 Z1114743 2004 single work novel A poignant and tender sort of love story about two damaged people tenuously connecting. Eleanor is blind and lives with her reclusive mother. Ewan is a cello player with agoraphobia. She is drawn to him through his music but cannot understand the difficulty he faces in forming a friendship. He does not understand her past nor the impact his music has on her. Amidst the heat of a Fremantle summer they stumble towards each other. (Source: Melbourne Library Service)
2005 joint winner The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year
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